Saturday, December 07, 2019

Ambrose: death

Saturday, December 7, 2019
    Feast of Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher, 397
    Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
    —Revelation 14:13 (NIV)
    To the good man to die is gain... The foolish fear death as the greatest of evils, the wise desire it as a rest after labours and the end of ills.
    ... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), quoted in The Life and Times of St. Ambrose, v. II, Frederick Homes Dudden, The Clarendon Press, 1935, pp. 513, 651 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 14:13; Isa. 57:2; Rom. 14:8; 2 Cor. 5:1-8; Phil. 1:21; 1 Thess. 5:9-10; Heb. 4:9-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have taken away my fear of death.
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